18 Broadway Actors Give Voice to The Wiz Score Tonight

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10 Aug 2014

Alton Fitzgerald White
Alton Fitzgerald White

54 Below Sings The Wiz, part of the "54 Sings Series," is presented Aug. 10 at 7 PM and 9:30 PM at the intimate nightspot.

T. Oliver Reid directs a cast that includes Ken Page, Alton Fitzgerald White, Kingsley Leggs, Vivian Reed, Adriane Lenox, Terry Burrell, Kecia Lewis, Christina Sajous, Ashley M. Stroud, Kenita R. Miller, N'Kenge, Eleasha Gamble, Rashidra Scott, Mariand Torres, Virginia Woodruff, Gregory Haney, Rema Webb and Danielle Herbert.

William F. Brown wrote the book for the soulful contemporary retelling of L. Frank Baum's "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz." The Wiz also features music and lyrics by Charlie Smalls. The original 1974 production, directed by Geoffrey Holder and choreographed by George Faison, won seven Tony Awards including Best Musical. The premiere Broadway company featured Hinton Battle, Tiger Haynes, Stephanie Mills, Ted Ross, Dee Dee Bridgewater, André De Shields and Mabel King.

The Tony Award-winning score includes "Home," "Ease on Down the Road," and "If You Believe," among others.

"54 Sings," according to press notes, is "54 Below's talk-of-the-town series celebrating the music of our all time favorite scores through live performances of their biggest hits."

Cover charges start at $50; there is also a $25 food and beverage minimum. 54 Below is located at 254 West 54th Street. Visit 54below.com.